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Lola Montès (1955)

Not Rated  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  23 December 1955 (France)
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.

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(as Max Ophuls)

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(based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès") (as Cécil Saint Laurent) , (scenario) (as Max Ophuls) , 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martine Carol ...
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Circus Master
Anton Walbrook ...
Henri Guisol ...
Horseman Maurice
Lise Delamare ...
Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
Paulette Dubost ...
Josephine, The maid
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Student
Jean Galland ...
Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg ...
Héléna Manson ...
Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat ...
Stewardess
Carl Esmond ...
Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet ...
Steward
Friedrich Domin ...
Circus Manager
Werner Finck ...
Wisböck, The artist
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men. Written by Volker Boehm

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She lived too intensely and far too well! See more »


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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (France)  »

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Lola Montès  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,569 (USA) (10 October 2008)

Gross:

$107,264 (USA) (20 February 2009)
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Sound Mix:

(Restored version)| (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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When the Circus Master first tries to recruit Lola, he lists San Francisco as an important North American city, and includes Buffalo Bill in a list of major circus figures. This scene is set shortly before Montez left for Bavaria, so it must be late 1845 or early 1846. San Francisco was called Yerba Buena until 1847, and the name Buffalo Bill was first applied in the 1860s to William F. Cody, who was born in 1846. See more »

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28 April 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It is a great shame that Max Ophuls only made one colour wide-screen movie - this one. The master of the tracking shot might have done so much more but this was his last completed movie.

The scenes are mostly well-directed and beautifully photographed but the main problem with "Lola Montès" is Lola. It is impossible for the viewer to understand how this plain, charmless woman (underplayed by Martine Carol) could seduce and inspire composers and kings. Where is the beauty, the sexiness, the vivacity of Lola?

I am not asking for a documentary but the real life story of Lola is so much more interesting. I know that Ophuls is commenting on the downside of celebrity - Lola wants to be a star and ends up in a circus (if Ophuls made this today, Lola would appear in a TV "reality" show or sex tape) - but without a compelling central character the spectacle falls as flat as the cardboard cutouts of Lola.


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